Dad Vail Regatta to come to Rumson

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UPDATE: PHILADELPHIA DID NOT TAKE THE NEWS LIGHTLY THAT THEY WERE GOING TO LOSE THE REGATTA... AND IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'VE WON IT BACK.  SEE RELATED UPDATED POST.

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The Dad Vail Regatta, the biggest U.S. collegiate crew event, announced Tuesday it is moving from Philadelphia to Rumson, N.J.  It is expected to bring thousands of athletes and visitors to the area.

The headquarters will remain in Philadelphia but at least next year, the event will be held on the Navesink River, 90 miles from the Dad Vail's home of 56 years.

According to organizers, the Dad Vail had been caught in a squeeze between rising costs in Philadelphia and reduced corporate sponsorship. Rumson guaranteed $250,000 in sponsorship support for the event.

The first Dad Vail race was held in Rumson back in the 1930s.  Last year the two-day event attracted 122 schools and typically draws about 30,000 to 35,000 spectators.  A decision on 2011 will not be made until after next year's race. 

Next year's Dad Vail Regatta will take place on May 7 & 8, 2010.

The Dad Vail is named after Harry Emerson "Dad" Vail, a longtime University of Wisconsin rowing coach who died in 1928. The first regatta was held on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia in 1934 and the location rotated until 1953, when it moved to the city near the famed Boathouse Row.

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